19 Jul

Is your smallholding business a company or Scottish Limited Partnership?

The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) together with Companies House are currently holding an open consultation on Corporate Transparency and Register Reform to:

  • consider the reform to the information they require companies to disclose
  • increase the checks on this information and
  • improve the exchange of intelligence between Companies House and UK Law Enforcement bodies

The consultation, which is open until 5 August 2019, seeks your views on a series of reforms to limit the risk of misuse of corporate entities, including Scottish Limited Partnerships.

At a recent stakeholder event where the proposals were discussed, both BEIS and Companies House urged stakeholders, business and the professional community to respond to their proposals.

11 Jul

New list of small flock shearers launched

Smallholding Scotland was estabished to promote, support and represent smallhoders in Scotland. This week has seen the launch of a web-based list of shearers willing to shear small flocks of sheep. Early summer sees many small flock keepers looking  shearers so Smallholding Scotland is seeking to get contact details all in one place.

So if you are, or if you know, a shearer who shears small flocks and would like to be included on the list, please send contact details (name, email and / or phone contact, area covered and any other information up to 30 words) to enquiries@smallholding.scot.

14 Feb

Conference cancelled

With regret, we have had to cancel tomorrow’s conference. Ticket sales were poor and we just couldn’t justify bringing speakers from all over Scotland.

Thank you to those who did buy tickets. You should already have recieved an email about a refund. If you haven’t, please check your Spam folder or email enquiries@smallholding.scot

31 Jan

Smallholding Scotland Survey Launched

Smallholding Scotland exists to represent, promote and support smallholding across Scotland. To do this better, we are launching a survey that will run throughout February 2019 to find out more about small land holdings and those who own and manage them.

The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete. Very few of the questions are compulsory but the more you complete, the more accurate the resulting data will be.

Please do take the time out of your busy day to do this – it’s the first time any survey like this has been done and the more folk that complete it, the better.

https://strathsci.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9sj0EpAf2Di9f25

Thank you from the Trustees of Smallholding Scotland

 

22 Jan

Fifth Conference speaker announced

Engaging with your community : Rebecca Dawes, Open Farm Sunday

Rebecca is the Scottish Co-ordinator for LEAF Open Farm Sunday, an initiative that sees nearly 400 farmers, crofters and smallholders open their gates annually on one Sunday in June (9th June 2019). Her family also take part each year and to date have hosted 11 LEAF Open Farm Sunday events plus many others including lambing, “all about ewe”, the farming Christmas nativity, a book of farming, school visits and numerous other days linked to food, farming and nature. These events have ranged from 10 to 3500 people running from one hour to a full-day.

Rebecca has a First-Class Honours degree in Events Management and is a graduate of the Scottish Enterprise Rural Leadership Programme. She is a Judge for Lantra Scotland Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards. Co-Manager of the Rural Youth Project and works full-time for Jane Craigie Marketing, an agency that specialists in the agricultural and rural sector. She also has her own herd of pygmy goats but has yet to try goat yoga!!

Rebecca will give the conference a really good insight and plenty of examples from her experience of Open Farm Sunday to help our members learn more about engaging with the public, helping promote/sell their goods/services and running the event.

16 Jan

Smallholding Scotland Conference 2019: speakers announced

The 2019 Smallholding Scotland Conference is being held at Pitcairngreen Village Hall on Friday 15th February. Full details are on the conference website including ticket sales.

Three speakers have been announced today: Pete Ritchie, Executive Director of Nourish Scotland, Ceri Ritchie, Sector Manager for food and drink at SAC Consulting and manager of Connect Local, the Scottish Government’s local food and drink marketing advisory service and Sam Parsons, estate manager for the Balcaskie Estate, who has been at the forefront of the transition of the estate to organic status, and has been a pioneer in initiatives such as mob-grazing and wild farming.

Further announcements to follow.

14 Jan

Dates for your diary 2019

Smallholding Scotland Conference Friday 15th February Pitcairngreen Village Hall, Perth

Scottish Smallholder Festival Saturday 28thSeptember Lanark Agricultural Centre

Sales of Poultry and Waterfowl and Rare Breed Livestock
Aberdeen and Northern Marts, Thainstone
May 18th Rare Breed Sales
August 31st Rare Breed Sale including show and sale of Jacob and Ryeland sheep)

Longtown Market
Poultry sales on March 30th and November 2nd

Dingwall Market
March 16th Rare breed poutry and native bred livestock

Harrison and Hetherington, Carlisle
February 23rd Poultry, waterfowl and pigs
September 21st Rare Breeds Sale including shows and sales of Longhorn and Dexter cattle, Jacob, Ryeland, Kerry Hill, Hebridean and Border Leicester sheep

Lawrie &Symington, Lanark Agricultural Centre
Poultry and waterfowl sales 7th February, 7th March, 25th April, 30th May, 9th July, 1st August, 30th August26th September and 28th November
September 5th Rare Breed Sale

Lawrie and Symington, The Forfar Mart
Poultry and waterfowl sales 21st February, 9th May, 25th July and 10th October
These dates are believed to be correct but please check with the individual market operator nearer the time.